Paramedics present report on the Peace Region

Photo: Darrel Key (foreground) and Rod Mcartney help present the report to the Regional District on Thursday – Christine Rumleskie/


Representatives from the BC Ambulance Service met with the Peace River Regional District on Thursday.

Executive Director Mike Michalko presented a detailed report to the board. It contained an overview of ground and air services in the Peace Region.

According to the report, Vancouver was the most common destination of air transfers, followed closely by Edmonton. It also detailed the main reasons for transport delays, including GPS inaccuracy.

Michalko says GPS navigators don’t work as well in rural areas as urban cities. He says paramedics sometimes have a difficult time locating a certain house, which puts patients at risk.

Michalko says the BC Ambulance Service will be looking into equipping more ambulances with GPS, but notes that the technology does have its flaws.

He says one way paramedics are working around this issue, is ongoing communication with local fire and police departments, as well as members of the community.